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The Real Basel to Welcome its Next Design Hotel, The Passage

February 11, 2014 at 4:39 PM | by | ()

There is no place like Basel, Switzerland. It is one of the great cultural hubs of Europe, uniquely positioned where France, Germany and Switzerland come together. Basel has been a destination for trade fairs since the 15th century and that legacy continues today. It is the home of Art Basel, the largest art fair in the world, and Baselworld, for those of us that just cannot have too much jewelry.

Basel today is nirvana for the modernist. It has attracted some of the biggest names in architecture and design, who have collectively made Basel a living museum of design. Of course, the importance placed on design must extend to Basel’s hotels, and they do not disappoint. On March 10th, a new kid on the block will open its doors in downtown Basel – The Passage.

The Passage is the 12th hotel under the Hotels et Residences Diana brand and their second hotel in Basel, after D-Hotel. They are a small group of boutique hotels but they are big on design, and that makes them a natural fit for Basel. The Passage is unusual in that it incorporates a passage that connects the old and new sections of the city. The hotel chose its name for this reason and welcomes the passing public to enjoy its services. We like that.

Marketed as an urban retreat, The Passage offers 52 rooms, one deluxe suite, and three penthouse lofts for extended stays. The building’s design and interiors come from a duo of architects, Marili Santos-Munne and Lorenz Wyss. Computer generated images reveal a striking lobby of great height with a ceiling mural and plenty of windows that let the sun shine in. This is the center of activity, with plenty of comfy lounge seating and what looks like a nice long bar.

White is the color of the day throughout the interiors. Furnishings, lighting and accessories selectively add color and context not unlike artwork in a museum. Guest rooms feature light oak floors, glass-enclosed bathrooms, and energy-efficient LED lighting. Some guest rooms have enlarged photographic images as a wall covering, and at least one room offers a quirky quote: “a line is a dot that went for a walk.” Only in Basel.

[Photo: The Passage/Facebook]

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